ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
CANCER
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
Purple Tomato Extended Lives of Cancer-Prone Mice
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Run for Your Life
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
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Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer

Eating broccoli just might have benefits in the fight against breast cancer.

At least in mice, a compound derived from broccoli appears to be able to kill breast cancer stem cells, which help tumors grow, according to a new study. But it's too soon to know if the compound would work in people. And the amount tested is larger than the amount people could consume in their diet.

The compound, known as sulforaphane, "has been studied previously for its effects on cancer, but this study shows that its benefit is in inhibiting the breast cancer stem cells," study co-author Duxin Sun, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, said in a university news release.

The researchers administered sulforaphane to mice with breast cancer and monitored the number of cancer stem cells in their tumors. They found that the treated mice had fewer of the cells and that they couldn't generate new tumors. Tests on human breast cancer cells in the laboratory resulted in similar decreases in cancer stem cells, they reported.

"This research suggests a potential new treatment that could be combined with other compounds to target breast cancer stem cells," Dr. Max S. Wicha, an oncology professor and director of the university's Comprehensive Cancer Center, and also a study co-author, said in the news release. "Developing treatments that effectively target the cancer stem cell population is essential for improving outcomes."

SOURCES: University of Michigan, press release, May 3, 2010 Published on: May 06, 2010